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MAINTENANCE--CHASSIS
easy maintenance compared to a chain drive system.
Engine power is transmitted from the output shaft
to the propeller shaft
(i])
,
pinion gear
@
through the
pinion shaft joint
@
,
ring gear
CD
,
and then to the rear
wheel.
Required periodical maintenance is the level check
and change of final gear case oil (Pg. 31) and the change
of propeller shaft
joint
grease.
Propeller Shaft
The propeller shaft
@
connects the output shaft
with
the pinion gear
to
transmit
the
engine power
to
the
rear wheel.
The
engine is
mounted on the
frame, and
the
rear
wheel
moves up
and
down
in relation
to the
frame
.
When the
rear wheel
moves up and down,
the
propeller
shaft
must be
able to flex
.
To
allow
the propeller
shaft to move
without
breaking,
a universal
joint is
used
at the front
end
of
the propeller
shaft.
As the
rear wheel
moves up
and
down
,
it swings
on
an
arc
that
is
different
from
that of the drive line. As
a result,
the distance between
the
output
shaft
and
the
pinion gear
@
will change
to
some
extent.
To
allow
the
propeller shaft to
adjust
to these
variations
in length,
a sliding
joint,
which
includes the
propeller shaft
joint
@
and pinion shaft joint
@
,
is used at
the
rear end of the
propeller shaft.
The splines of the pinion shaft
joint
@
are curved,
thereby
allowing
the
sliding joint to compensate for
slight misalignment of the propeller shaft.
Propeller shaft inspection
Check that
the
universal
JOint works smoothly
without
rattling or sticking. If it does
not,
the
needle
bearings of the universal
joint are
damaged. Replace the
propeller shaft assembly
with a
new one.
Visually inspect the bending of
the
shaft
and the
wear of the splined
section
at the
rear
end of
the
shaft.
If
it is
bent at all,
replace
the propeller shaft assembly
.
Do not
attempt
to
straighten
the bent
shaft.
A. Checking the Universal Joint
B. Inspecting the Shaft and Splined Portion
Propeller shaft joint inspection
Visually
inspect
the
internal
splines of the propeller
shaft joint
@.
If they are badly worn or
chipped, replace
the joint
with a new
one.
A. Propeller Shaft Joint
B. Check the Splined Portion.
Propeller shaft joint lubrication
In
accordance with the
Periodic Maintenance Chart,
(Pg.
10),
and whenever the
drive line
is
disassembled,
the
propeller
shaft joints
@
of the propeller
shaft
should
be lubricated.
Wipe off all the old grease, washing them in a high
flash-point
solvent if
necessary.
Coat the inside of
the propeller shaft joint to a depth of about 2 mm at
the splines with a high temperature grease. It will take
25 cc of grease.
Propeller Shaft Joint Lubrication
----+-....L.-2mm
Grease
Pinion shaft joint inspection
Visually
inspect
the splines of the pinion shaft joint
@
.
If they are badly worn or chipped, replace the shaft
joint with a new one.
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